The $1.3m grant from the Federal Government to the Mbantua Festival, and the investment in the event by the town's people, make debts to suppliers more than an issue between the producers and its creditors: It's a public issue, says Alice Springs News Online in an open letter to director Neville Perkins.
The Mbantua Festival has not properly acquitted grants from the Federal Government totaling $1.3m, the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet stated this afternoon. The Alice Springs News Online is seeking comment from company director Neville Perkins and his co-director and daughter Krystal Perkins (centre of the photo, in 2010 pictured with a staff member). ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
Some artists and suppliers to the Mbantua Festival in October are still waiting for their money as it appears the organisers have spent in excess of government funding commitments and their own resources. One of the festival's creditors is musician and performer Jacinta Price (in the centre of the photo, performing at the festival with band and folk singer Bill Chambers). She says Arrulka Business Aboriginal Corporation is in breach of its contract with her. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.